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Two NASCAR spotters’ gear stolen from rental car

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — A pair of NASCAR spotters had personal items stolen Thursday night in Homestead, Florida, on the eve of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Chris Lambert, spotter for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver Denny Hamlin, and Chris Osborne, spotter for Daniel Suarez, had multiple items stolen out of a rental car while having dinner at a restaurant near the track.

“It’s really unfortunate,” Lambert told “We weren’t inside more than an hour when we noticed the car had been broken into. … We’ll just try to make the best of the weekend from here.”

Lambert told Catchfence the only thing remaining inside the car was one of Osborne’s suitcases. Spotter equipment and laptops belonging to both men were gone, as well as personal belongings such as medication and other electronics.

“Chris Lambert and Chris Osborne stopped to eat dinner at Longhorn on 8th Street in Homestead on their way to the hotel,” Lambert’s wife Angela posted on Facebook late Thursday night. “Their rental car was broken into. Everything was stolen but 1 bag. Spotting bags, clothes, book bags with our check book, iPads, Chris’s clothes, meds.

“If any fans are down in Miami-Homestead … please send me a message. Chris and Chris are talking to the Cops.”